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Res Gestae: Things Done

Naida Haxton


9781925522051


Biography;
Memoirs


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Feminist catchcries of the mid-1900s included invocations for freedom of choice and equality with men. Res Gestae: Things Done is a collection of memorabilia by one woman of that era who eschewed the prevailing mantras by choosing to do those things which not only produced an illustrious career in the law, but also a full, interesting and rewarding life in amongst both men and women.


Comment by The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
 
Naida Haxton, a brilliant student, became an early woman member of the Queensland Bar. For reasons of the heart, she moved to New South Wales, where she excelled as editor and indexer of law reports and other texts. Yet behind the mathematical precision, clarity and brevity of her professional work, this book reveals an insightful, reflective person searching for food for the mind. Teacher, traveller, bushwalker, good company, culinary tragic, the whole Naida is revealed: proving once again the complex realities that live and breathe under the horse-hair wig.


Comment by The Hon. I D F Callinan AC
 
What may seem today to be routine, was, as recently as less than a lifetime ago, seen to be ambitious and overly optimistic. That was, as a young woman, and the first to do so in Queensland, to set up in practice as a barrister. This is the story of how she did this, how she was received by her fellows at the Bar, and the judges, that Naida Haxton tells in Res Gestae: Things Done.

Almost equally adventurous was her relocation on marriage to Sydney, where she was completely unknown and without any network to encourage her. The book is not so much a memoir as an account of the times, and a meditation upon them and her part in them, as a barrister, a wife and a mother.
 
Her career took a turn, unusual enough for most barristers in modern times, but particularly so for a woman then. She specialised in law reporting and editing. This, an important and not well known branch of practice, has many illustrious members.

They were the first to see the patterns in legal decisions that led to the systematisation of the Common Law which, despite its imperfections, and intrusions into it by ill-drawn legislation, remains a navigational star for freedom and common sense. Res Gestae: Things Done is in that honourable tradition.

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By:   Naida Haxton
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   444g
ISBN:   9781925522051
ISBN 10:   1925522059
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


What may seem today to be routine, was, as recently as less than a lifetime ago, seen to be ambitious and overly optimistic. That was, as a young woman, and the first to do so in Queensland, to set up in practice as a barrister. This is the story, of how she did this, how she was received by her fellows at the Bar, and the judges, that Naida Haxton tells in Res Gestae - Things Done. Almost equally adventurous was her relocation on marriage, to Sydney, where she was completely unknown and without any network to encourage her. The book is not so much a memoir as an account of the times, and a meditation upon them and her part in them, as a barrister, a wife, and a mother. Her career took a turn, unusual enough for most barristers in modern times, but particularly so for a woman then. She specialised in law reporting and editing. This, an important and not well known branch of practice, has many illustrious members. They were the first to see the patterns in legal decisions that led to the systematisation of the Common Law which, despite its imperfections, and intrusions into it by ill-drawn legislation, remains a navigational star for freedom and common sense. Res Gestae - Things Done is in that honourable tradition. The Hon I D F Callinan AC

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